Solidus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Constantine I

A work made of gold.
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Date:

Late 324/early 325, issued by Constantine I

Artist:

Roman; minted in Antioch, Syria

About this artwork

Obverse: Head of Constantine right, laureate
Reverse: Constantine rides left on horseback, raises right arm, carries scepter in left

The portrait of Constantine on the obverse of this coin is among the last in the history of Roman coinage, for increasingly the emphasis lay not on the individual person of the emperor but on the office. Constantine’s luminous eyes in this coin portrait were said by his contemporaries to reflect his divine inspiration.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 153

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Solidus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Constantine I

Origin

Antioch

Date

324 AD–325 AD

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: CONSTANTINVS P F AVG (Pius et Felix - dutiful and happy) Reverse: AOVENTVS [sic] AVGVSTI N ; in exergue, SMAN* (mint mark signifying Sacra Moneta Antioch) "The coming of our Augustus"

Dimensions

Diam. 1.9 cm; 4.48 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4903

Extended information about this artwork

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